Activities for Veterans Day
Visit http://www.va.gov/vetsday/ on the Internet
for additional Veterans Day information for teachers and students
Veterans Day is an excellent occasion for schools and local communities to produce a
variety of meaningful cooperative programs. Participation by veterans organizations and
other patriotic groups can enhance many of the activities suggested in this guide.
1. Veterans Day Ceremony
Depending on the facilities available, an indoor assembly program can provide a most
meaningful tribute to Veterans Day. The scope of such a program may be large enough
to permit invitations to the community at large. This ceremony outline represents a
typical one-hour program.
Prelude and Posting of Colors — As the audience enters to be seated, a school or
community musical organization may offer several appropriate selections. A
procession and posting of the Nation's colors (the American Flag) is always a stirring
event. Local veterans service organizations often participate in such programs with
their impressive array of military banners and American flags.
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Singing of the National Anthem — The
program chairperson, school principal or student body president should invite the
audience to stand and join in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of the National
Introductory Remarks — Brief introductory remarks set the tone for the program.
The following remarks may be used or, if desired, the President’s Veterans Day
Proclamation, which the White House posts on the Internet shortly before Veterans
Day at http://www.whitehouse.gov, may be read.
When Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner” almost 200 years
ago, he called America, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Those words are as true today as they were then.
Throughout this Nation’s history, America’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines
and coastguardsmen have bravely answered the call to defend our freedom,
to aid our friends